Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall wanted defenseman Kristopher Letang to sign a new contract by the end of the entry draft and he kept his promise on Thursday, giving the Quebecer a six-year, 36.6 pact million $.
He completed an eight-year, $58 million contract and could have taken advantage of the free agent market on July 13.
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His new agreement will earn him an average of $6.1 million annually. The 35-year-old has been linked to some teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, in recent rumors, except the ‘Pens’ intended to keep him with them in 2022-23.
« Kris symbolizes what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguins player, » the GM said in a statement. The role he plays in our training is fundamental. He is a leader in our dressing room and his contribution to the successes of the organization over the past 15 years cannot be quantified. We’re happy to make sure he’s a Penguin for life. »
Moreover, Hextall said he wanted to get the checkbook out before club officials returned to Pittsburgh this weekend.
« Hopefully we’ll have something real completed soon, but we have some loose ends to work out. So we’ll see where it takes us,” said the DG, as reported by NHL.com.
Letang won three Stanley Cups with the team in 2009, 2016 and 2017. Last regular season, he had 10 goals and 58 assists for 68 points in 78 games. However, his family could not make it past the first round of the playoffs, packing up in seven duels against the New York Rangers.
Moreover, regarding Evgeni Malkin’s file, Hextall also mentioned that his organization is hard at work. The Russian striker could become free as the air in less than a week. He finished an eight-year, $76 million contract and, having missed the first three months of last season following knee surgery, he had 42 points, including 20 goals, in 41 outings.
“We are still working. We spoke with them as recently as Tuesday and we will see the rest, ”said the DG.